Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Victoria Mahoney Is Star Wars' First Black Female Director

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Lora Ball | 19 April, 2018, 02:50

Mahoney will be the first African American and first female director to work as any kind of director on a Star Wars movie, so this is a historic move for Lucasfilm.

Brennan's comments to WalesOnline (h/t MovieWeb) came at a ideal time, then, as the landmark addition of Victoria Mahoney surely - surely - means that the first female-directed Star Wars movie is well within reach.

Ava DuVernay, the Oscar-nominated director behind A Wrinkle in Time, Selma, and 13th, has posted about the historic directing hires made on the new Star Wars film.

In recent months, the issue of increased diversity behind the camera has become a hot-button issue in Hollywood, with many high profile actors calling for diversity riders in their contracts. However, after coming under a great deal of fire for their lack of diversity in their director's pool, it looks like Star Wars is slowly trying to make amends. A black woman directing stories in a galaxy far, far away.

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Realizing the issue at hand, Victoria Mahoney was added on to the above-the-line crew of Star Wars: Episode IX, answering some fans pleas for diversity sooner than anyone expected.

As second unit director, Mahoney will be in charge of supplementary footage that include establishing shots, filming stunts, inserts, and cutaways. Could Mahoney's hiring be a way of grooming her to one day direct her own Star Wars movie? Victoria Mahoney has signed on as the second unit director of the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX, the final installment of the current trilogy.

Mahoney followed up the announcement with a thank you to both DuVernay, who reportedly put her up for the job, and Episode IX director, JJ Abrams, who did the actual hiring. Mahoney is herself already an established filmmaker who has spent the past few years working inside the television space, including stints on DuVernay's "Queen Sugar", plus "Gypsy", "Grey's Anatomy", and more. Hopefully this will lead to a female-directed Star Wars movie in the near future.

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